This time of year, lots of people
resolve to lose weight and get fit. Unfortunately, that promise can be
difficult for many of us to keep, mostly because (let's face it) diets suck and
workouts are time-consuming.
Well, we can't do anything to make
rice cakes taste like German chocolate cake, and we can't make exercise as much
fun as catching up on Netflix while you eat that cake, but at least we can make
exercise sound like something that's possible! Moms don't have a lot of
spare time to squeeze in a session at the gym, which makes fitness seem like an
But when you look at a typical workout routine, aren't moms
already doing most of this stuff?
No need to bother with those pesky Push-Ups—you've already done all the reps you need (and then some) of this particular
floor exercise! You just happen to know it better by its mom-given name: Is
That a Raisin Or ... Something Else?
Some might recognize this as the Tuck
Jump, but moms know it all too well as the old Sat On a Barbie
Someone Left Jammed Vertically Between Couch Cushions move.
Feel the burn as you tone your glutes
with the Squat—or, as moms who use public restrooms with their kids
like to call it, the No No No, Don't Unlock the Stall Door!
Is this the Mountain Climber?
Maybe to some people it is, but moms break a sweat with this maneuver all day
long as the aptly renamed Seriously, Kid, Let Go of My Ankle.
Obviously moms have Lunges
covered—also known as the frequently attempted Hold Still So I Can Wipe
the Peanut Butter Off Your Face Before I Take This Picture exercise.
The Tricep Dip is great for
toning up those arms; moms do several every single day as they hesitate,
hovering over their chairs in the classic I Just KNOW as Soon as I Sit Down
Someone's Going to Ask for Something pose.
The Hip Bridge is one of those
exercises that seems simple but is actually quite a bit more difficult than it
looks. Moms whose kids climb into bed with them at night are ready for it though, as they've already perfected the See, I Am NOT on Your Blanket So
Will You PLEASE Just Go Back to Sleep?!? maneuver.
So there you have it, moms. Physical
fitness can be a reality in the new year! You just have to recognize the
realistic names for the exercises you're already doing in your 24-hour, nonstop